First Look: New Luminary Center for the Arts Grand Opening (Photos)

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

In a project that began two years ago and involved more than 2,000 hours of volunteer labor, the new Luminary Center for the Arts opened to the public Saturday night with a grand opening celebration that included a continually running video/slideshow of the building’s rehabilitation as it progressed, plus music, auctions, art, drink and more.

The new facade of Luminary Center for the Arts Photo by Christopher Reilly

The new facade of Luminary Center for the Arts
Photo by Christopher Reilly

The 17,000-square-foot building features multiple galleries and display areas for public art showings, a stage, a bar, a workshop space, studios and housing for the Luminary’s international artists-in-residence program. The main level galleries feature open ceilings and exposed rafters in contrast to the newly constructed white walls, suggesting that art’s influence extends beyond the wall where it is displayed, a theme echoed by the front facade of the building. Made almost entirely of glass, the street front also sports large doors that open out onto the street, further blurring the lines between the gallery itself and the world beyond.

The Luminary  building before restoration.

The Luminary building before restoration.

ALIVE got to the party early to get these pics to bring you the first look at the new Luminary Arts Center located at 2701-7 Cherokee street.

View from street looking toward stage.  Photo by Christopher Reilly

View from street looking toward stage.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

Looking from the stage toward store front.  Photo by Christopher Reilly

Looking from the stage toward store front.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

Guests placing silent bids. Photo by Christopher Reilly

Guests placing silent bids.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

The Luminary Bar Photo by Christopher Reilly

The Luminary Bar
Photo by Christopher Reilly

Another area was used as a projection wall. Photo by Christopher Reilly

Another area was used as a projection wall.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

The Luminary gallery view. Photo by Christopher Reilly

The Luminary gallery view.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

Co-founder Brea McAnally chats with guests. Photo by Christopher Reilly

Co-founder Brea McAnally chats with guests.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

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